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Steve Spagnuolo expected to interview for Giants coaching vacancy

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo and Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts after losing to the New York Jets by a score of 23-20 at MetLife Stadium on December 6, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants went 6-10 this season and one of the prime culprits for their lack of success was the team’s defense, but that doesn’t appear to have eliminated defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo from consideration as the team’s next head coach.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Spagnuolo will interview this week for the job Tom Coughlin stepped down from on Monday. Spagnuolo returned for a second stint in his current job before the 2015 season and the Giants finished 30th in points allowed and 32nd in yards allowed over the course of the year.

Those numbers don’t do much to recommend Spagnuolo for a promotion and his first head coaching run with the Rams didn’t work out particularly well, although he could point to a lack of talent on defense for some of the problems with this year’s unit. With defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sidelined for most of the first half after his July 4 fireworks accident and limited upon his return, high-end talent was in short supply for the Giants.

That’s been an issue for a few years on defense in New Jersey, although it doesn’t seem to have shaken the Giants’ faith in General Manager Jerry Reese’s work.

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is expected to join Spagnuolo on the interview list and there figure to be outside candidates as well as the Giants look for a new coach for the first time since 2004.

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17 Responses to “Steve Spagnuolo expected to interview for Giants coaching vacancy”
  1. bassplucker says: Jan 5, 2016 10:05 AM

    Don’t watch many Giants games but from what I saw this year the problem is a lot more with the talent than the coaching.

  2. laces out says: Jan 5, 2016 10:05 AM

    no, thank you

  3. jbl429 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:08 AM

    Please, no.

  4. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 5, 2016 10:09 AM

    Please hire this moron

  5. hellawaitsusall says: Jan 5, 2016 10:09 AM

    I doubt he gets it. And I don’t see it as the defense was his fault, look who he had to work with.

  6. mandings36 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:10 AM

    blind leading the blind?

    if you are letting Coughlin walk, don’t you think the best course of action is to clean house of coaching staff in its entirety?

    and if the problem is talent, not coaching, perhaps the GM needs to go or at least put on notice?

  7. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 5, 2016 10:10 AM

    This guy is still living off Super Bowl 42 where his defense held Brady to 14 points. Its 2016 people. They didnt have talent but Spags is completely overrated.

  8. gmen05 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:32 AM

    Fantastic. Get rid of a 3x SB Champion Coach, and replace him with the current OC/DC, all the while keeping our horrible GM that is good for one good draft pick every 5 years, thus ensuring our new HC is working with minimal talent just like Coach Coughlin had to deal with. Recipe for success.

    Anyone that thinks Coughlin was the main problem this season is crazy. It doesn’t matter who we get to replace him. If we keep that bum Reese, we’re looking at another long year, and another wasted year for Eli in his prime.

  9. nyfootballgiants says: Jan 5, 2016 10:38 AM

    Spats won’t be hired. But it is prudent to get feedback from the coordinators on what they think went wrong last year. One can only hope that this will lead to Reese being fired- but I am probably too optimistic.

  10. ariani1985 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:41 AM

    Doink the clown available?

  11. kingpel says: Jan 5, 2016 10:46 AM

    Return of the 4 Pillars!!!

  12. schmitty2 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:49 AM

    He is a decent DC but coming from a long suffering Rams fan who watched him as a head coach during our worst years using his “4 pillars” of success, trust me Giants fans, you do NOT want this man leading your team.

  13. bkostela says: Jan 5, 2016 11:14 AM

    As a Giants fan, I could live with McAdoo as the head coach, but not Spagnuolo.

    Ideally, I would rather McAdoo stay on as OC (he has done a great job with the offense), but if it means having Spags as the HC, count me out.

  14. chc4 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:17 AM

    He was a dramatic failure as HC of the Rams. No thanks.

  15. ermur221 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:29 AM

    So let’s reward the guy who coached the worst defense in the NFL?! Does that make sense????

  16. lawrencetayloristhebestever says: Jan 5, 2016 11:32 AM

    Hey, Mara & Tisch. No!

    Please and Thank You.

  17. savior72 says: Jan 5, 2016 12:32 PM

    Be down that road with him as HC for the Rams. A little advice, there’s a cliff at the end of it.

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